KARLSRUHE, Germany -- Jens Voigt won the Tour of Germany on
Wednesday, while Graeme Brown of Australia took the final stage.
Voigt finished 1 minute, 38 seconds ahead of American Levi
Leipheimer after eight stages, pedaling into Karlsruhe for his 50th
career triumph. Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan was third overall,
"This my biggest win. To win in Germany as a German, it's a
dream come true," said the CSC rider, who has twice worn the
yellow leader's jersey at the Tour de France.
Brown completed Wednesday's 106.9 miles in 3 hours, 46 minutes,
38 seconds. Erik Zabel of Germany and Danilo Napolitano of Italy
were second and third in the same time.
"The first few days were a bit disappointing because I was
looking for a result and didn't get it, but things came round at
the end." Brown said.
The flat stage came down to a mass sprint and Brown found a gap
to surge to the front over the final yards. The Rabobank rider's
second stage win is expected to help his hunt for a new team next
Voigt took control of the Tour of Germany on Monday, catching
Leipheimer in a stage through the Alps, although he is not known as
a climber. His cause was helped when the highest peak -- the
6,628-foot Kuehtai -- was dropped from an earlier stage because rain
made it too dangerous.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.